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These ‘monkey faces’,
Sarah Mundy and Ame Barrier have been the proud owners of 5444 Richard Avenue since the summer of 2005. Since purchasing the Craftsman bungalow, the couple has made many improvements to the home and the property. The yard is one of the most striking on the street due to the sheer volume of the plants and appeal of the home. The entire front yard is practically area. The beds are absolutely brimming with pink, magenta, yellow and Joseph’s Coat roses. In the center of the yard stands a forest pansy red bud with it’s deep rusty red heart shaped leaves. Under the red bud there are purple salvia, native grasses and zinnias. Next to the front porch you’ll see a long hedge of yellow St. Johns wort with its fringed flowers. Other notable plants that lend to the dark and bright contrast in the beds are a purple fringe plant and a prominent white Acanthus plant (also known as bear’s breeches) in full bloom. A visitor would almost certainly be forced to brush up against the many fragrant blooms to get to the porch, and what a lovely way to be greeted! Sarah and Ame will be awarded with a $50 gift card to North Haven Gardens and, by the looks of their yard, it will be put to good use!
Angie and Juan Ramos' home at 5422 Belmont catches your eye the moment you are on the block. The periwinkle blue 1921 Craftsman bungalow cannot be ignored partly because of the vibrant and cheerful paint color and partly because of the lush front yard. The Ramos family has owned the home for 37 years and during that time they have landscaped the yard much in the way that you remember your granny's yard was planted--not landscaped in a deliberate way but filled with the flowers and plants that the gardener loves. In the center of the yard stands a Texas Mountain Laurel ready to bloom its lilac colored, droopy blooms. Surrounding the Laurel are beds that are brimming with dark grape, powder blue and lavender irises. Larkspur pop out between every plant, some blooming a delicate baby pink and blue and some a striking purple hue. Bee and butterfly attracting plants abound, including pink cone flower, purple verbena, red and white salvia and yellow snap dragons. The main anchors of the garden are the huge pink rose arbor at the front walk with fragrant antique roses already in full bloom and a white Kousa dogwood tree to the right of the house. This garden has an old fashioned feel that fits perfectly with the house and the neighborhood and makes you want to sit on porch with a lemonade and watch the bees and butterflies go about their business. The homeowners will be awarded with a $50 gift card from North Haven Gardens so they can continue to beautify their yard through the summer.
John Paul Russell moved into his circa 1923 brick home at 5253 Richard
Avenue several years ago and immediately started his renovations on the
kitchen, bathroom and exterior. When John Paul married his wife Stacie last April she made the garden her project. This winter, the couple
took advantage of the unseasonably warm and spring-like weather and
planted numerous purple, white and green curly leafed ornamental kale,
hundreds of pansies, azaleas, and Italian cypress trees. The flowering
kale and pansies are thriving from the balmy winter temperatures and are
spilling over the stonework that borders the flowerbeds. The couple
looks forward to planting more annuals as the weather continues to
improve and spring approaches. Stacie and John Paul will receive a $50
gift card from North Haven Gardens as their prize.
Anna Short, Beautification Committee Chair
Michael Oppedisano moved to Vickery Place a year ago because he loved the location and mixture of old and new homes. The young energy combined with the history of long-time residents is a good fit for him. He
labels his yard, “a work in progress”, as a hobby.
Michael selected and planted the landscape as well as the stone boarders. In
the current heat wave, he dutifully hand waters his work that exhibits
Japanese maples, elephant ears, holly, petunias, potted palms and mini rose
trees. His next projects include adding more colorful flowers, perennials
that will be better draught tolerant and building stone steps in his
In thanks for Michael’s devotion to his yard, he will receive a $25 gift
card compliments of North Haven Gardens. Fast Fames will provide a
complimentary frame for the Yard of the Month
Andy and Debbie Simurda chose to live in Vickery Place in 2006 because of the convenient location (and distance from Canada), ability to walk to places and character of the neighborhood. The house was already landscaped when they bought it. They moved some of the existing plants and added new ones over the years, including the thriving roses. Andy modestly says that “trim” is the key to maintaining their lush greenery over the years and seasons. The Simurdas offered that Vickery Place is “a great neighborhood with good neighbors and good gardens that make it all the more pleasant to enjoy.” For their contribution to the beautification of Vickery Place, the Simurdas will receive a $25 gift card from North Haven Gardens. Fast Fames will provide a complimentary frame for the Yard of the Month certificate.
~ Carrie Camin, Beautification Committee Chair
Three years ago Rob Hauser and Felix Rivera were looking for a craftsman home with pool in a neighborhood reminiscent of the neighborhoods of their pasts in established cities like Chicago, Boston and Minneapolis and found success in Vickery Place. Rob said, “I like the diversity and craftsman style homes of the neighborhood.” He also noted the gentrification of the area in homes being improved as well as community restaurants and shops. Felix added that he appreciates Vickery Place’s “charming” quality. Their front yard features ferns, impatiens, azaleas and robust hydrangeas. They only change out the impatiens annually and the other plants come back every year due to regular care.
In thanks for their lovely yard they will receive a $25 gift card courtesy of North Haven Gardens, Vickery Place YOM sponsor.
~ Carrie Camin, Beautification Committee